Using Work Sample Portfolios to Show Growth in Kindergarten

Tuesday, 24 July 2018


kindergarten assessment using work sample portfolios

Many years ago, I was advised by a veteran teacher to collect samples of children's work to share with parents at conference time.  What I collected were random samples of writing and artwork that provided a picture of the child's development in the moment, but failed to show progress over time.

I remember sharing tissue paper apples and random writing pieces with families and not really being clear about what they represented or why I was sharing them.

In later years, I became more intentional about the work samples I chose, making sure they demonstrated targeted skills, and repeated them at key points in the year to show each child's progress and development throughout kindergarten.

Here are the samples I now collect three times a year (autumn, winter, spring):

Name Writing and "Me" Drawing 


kindergarten assessment using work sample portfolios

Coloring

kindergarten assessment using work sample portfolios

kindergarten assessment using work sample portfolios

Cutting and Gluing

kindergarten assessment using work sample portfolios

kindergarten assessment using work sample portfolios

Alphabet Writing

kindergarten assessment using work sample portfolios

  Number Writing

kindergarten assessment using work sample portfolios

kindergarten assessment using work sample portfolios

Dictated Word Writing 

kindergarten assessment using work sample portfolios

Dictated Sentence Writing

kindergarten assessment using work sample portfolios

Seasonal Free Write

kindergarten assessment using work sample portfolios

kindergarten assessment using work sample portfolios

Self-Portrait and Hopes and Dreams

kindergarten assessment using work sample portfolios

These samples have taught me sooooo much over the years, not only about each individual child's drawing, spelling, handwriting and overall fine motor abilities, but also about the developmental growth of a kindergarten child in these areas (something I did not know as a new K teacher!).

Having these "snapshots" of children's work can also serve as a great alternative assessment to use alongside standardized tests and provides documentation that is more meaningful and understandable to both parents and children.

kindergarten assessment using work sample portfolios

They also make a great kindergarten keepsake and can be shared with families at an end-of-year event  as a way to celebrate children's growth!

kindergarten assessment using work sample portfolios

You can find the work sample pages for all four seasons HERE.  It is discounted for just a few more days as part of my SUMMER SALE which is going on until the end of July!

kindergarten assessment using work sample portfolios

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